First time snow blower user, is there a minimum snow depth for good throwing performance?

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Recently purchased the snowblower with the two 7.5Ah batteries.  We received about an inch of wet, heavy snow this evening and I wanted to try the blower out on my flat concrete driveway and sidewalks.  With the variable auger speed adjuster pushed all the way forward (fastest setting), the snow blower would only throw about 2-3 feet when angling the chute to the left or right and maybe 3-4 feet of distance when aiming the chute straight ahead.  I've taken a scan through some other posts that mention others have experienced similar results, but haven't seen anything on a consensus on if this is to be expected and what the minimum threshold or conditions are for getting a better throwing distance.  Clearing our front sidewalk (lined with shrubs on 1 side) would require two passes due to the sidewalk width.  The first pass moved the snow onto the uncleared portion of the sidewalk and then the second pass moved it all into the lawn.  I was expecting a bit more distance but wonder if this is just due to circumstance (heavy snow and not much of it).  Any help and insights (heck, even a link to another thread where I'm sure this is fully addressed) is appreciated.  
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I think it really is variable depending on weight and depth of snow. We had the same experience our first use in a minimal wet snow fall. Ours (with the 5.6 batteries) throws much farther (across our 12 foot drive) when the snow is deeper, at least maybe 2-4 inches or more.
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Yes, it seems to be the case with single stage blowers (maybe dual stage too?). Too little snow doesn’t seem to work real well.

What I did last year in similar conditions with my junky plug-in SnoJoe, was to push the light snowfall to the side of the driveway with a shovel and then use the blower to blow it out onto the lawn.

This may sound like extra work, but I found it easier than pushing the snowblower around. Then the snowblower takes the pile and does the little bit of heavy work for you. Easy peasy! ;-)
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I just had a similar experience.  Fluffy snowfall, about 3 inches, auger speed set on high, chute angle about 45 degrees, batteries fully charged.  Pushing faster helps, but the farthest it will throw the snow is only 8-10 feet.  I am thinking of returning the unit if that is all it will do.
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Blue Angel - where are you located? 3" of snow doesn't seem to be a small amount in my book. I'm in the Chicago area and usually try not to let it get higher than 3"-4" between cleanings.
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3" of fluffy snow is different than 3" of heavy snow.  Again wiffle ball v league.
When that fluffy snow is thrown out of the machine it is going with the wind. 
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I’m in Ottawa, Ontario.

Agreed, 3” of snow is 7-8cm which is not insignificant. When it’s cold out and that 3” accumulation is light and fluffy, as szwoop says there’s not much momentum in the discharge.

3” of snow when it’s warmer out can be pretty thick and heavy. My rule of thumb; if it’s too heavy for me to shovel, that’s when the snowblower comes out. If it’s light enough to shovel, I pile it up and get the snowblower out anyway. :-)

Whatever it takes to avoid throwing snow with a shovel. I’m done with that!
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If its light enough to shovel, then get out the 530 blower.
I am hoping my shovel can be retired with my rake.
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Good luck with that! :-)